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Burma: Religious Freedom

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 8th October 2019.

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Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Foreign Secretary

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make it his policy to submit a resolution to the UN Security Council requiring members of the Myanmar military responsible for the persecution of Christians and Muslims to be investigated by the International Criminal Court.

Photo of Dominic Raab Dominic Raab The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

We are clear that there should be accountability for the atrocities set out in the reports of the UN Fact Finding Mission on human rights abuses in Myanmar. We assess, however, that there is insufficient support amongst Security Council members for a referral to the International Criminal Court at this time. The UK has nonetheless taken steps to maintain the international spotlight on the atrocities committed. In October 2018 the UK organised for the UN Fact Finding Mission to brief the UN Security Council on its findings. The UK was also instrumental in securing a resolution at the UN Human Rights Council to set up an independent UN mechanism to collect and preserve evidence on the atrocities. This will help to ensure future prosecutions are possible through domestic or international mechanisms.

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